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Allow nurses to run in ’22 polls

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Nurses United, a party-list group, has appealed to the Comelec (Commission on Elections) to give them accreditation for the national polls next year. They are insistent that most of their members are within the sector they’re representing.


The Comelec notified them formally on October 4 that their application had been rejected.


According to first nominee Maristela Abenojar, a motion for reconsideration was filed by the group on October 9.


“The exact word in the ruling,” Abenojar said in Tagalog over a phone interview with Rappler, “was that our petition was dismissed.”


Comelec’s first division had junked Nurses United’s petition beforehand.

Initially, it was allegedly after having failed to comply with the requirement to provide a list of members to prove most of them are in fact nurses.
The group addressed it with their motion for reconsideration, Abenojar said.


“We said in our motion for reconsideration that we beg to disagree with the grounds cited as to why our application was dismissed,” Abenojar added, “because it is very clear from all the documents that we have submitted that all our members and the officers are all registered nurses.”


According to Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, over 100 party-list groups had filed a motion for reconsideration after their applications were denied. The appeal of Nurses United is now with the Comelec en banc.

Photo: Politiko


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